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Snails are found everywhere and whilst most gardeners dislike them, here in Portugal instead of being a pest, snails are a culinary delicacy. June is the month when snails appear on menus and a...

Sue Parker explores links between cultures and cultivation

Many of us define culture in terms of art, films, theatre performances and museums – so called ‘high culture’. There is no doubt...

Sue Parker pays tribute to an Algarve gardener

A bellow of infectious laughter signals the proximity of Rosie Peddle, long before you catch sight of this dynamic bundle of enthusiasm in...

Our garden has always had lots of swallows but none ever nested until last year. With plenty of outbuildings on our farm, they chose instead to build their nest right above the front door where...

Change: it’s what made the present so different from the past and will make the future quite unlike the world we know today. Whether we like it or not, some changes are either unavoidable or...

Sue Parker reconsiders the term ‘weed’

The Mediterranean isn’t just a sea or a region; it’s also a biome - an area defined by its climate and the communities of plants and animals that live...

Sue Parker ponders the prospects of endangered species at Ria Formosa Nature Reserve

In the seemingly endless battle between people anxious to preserve the best of the Algarve’s natural...

January is the month when we make new resolutions to change our habits and take on new challenges. So, there is no better time to decide to change the way we live by investing in and helping our...

Sue Parker pays homage to an intrepid traveller now settled in the Algarve

Even stubborn stay-at-homes make a special effort, sometimes travelling great distances and braving the worst...

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